Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan has finally been punished by Twitter – but it isn’t nearly as severe as the punishment given out to conservatives.
Twitter has been cracking down on what it calls “hate speech” for some time now, but critics say it is merely a cover to target and censor conservatives on the site. While white supremacists and violent extremists are often targeted with bans and suspensions, popular conservatives are being lumped in with them as well.
At the same time, critics say liberals and left-wing radicals are rarely punished. Even worse, Islamic radicals are allowed to roam free on the site.
Farrakhan has posted numerous antisemitic statements to his Twitter account over the years, without any punishment, warnings, or suspensions.
After he recently tweeted about the “Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan,” along with a video railing against Jews, Twitter finally punished him.
By removing his “blue check” that indicates he is a verified Twitter user. No suspension or ban – they just took away his blue check.
Meanwhile, conservatives earn suspensions and permanent bans, often without explanation.
Sheriff David Clarke was temporarily suspended for tweeting that he’d like to punch some critics. Elizabeth Johnston, a conservative blogger, was temporarily suspended after she exposed Teen Vogue’s article about anal sex geared to underage kids.
Los Angeles conservative street artist Sabo, who often targeted liberal celebrities, was permanently banned for an unspecified reason. Others, like the National Policy Institute and Milo Yiannopoulos, have earned permanent bans.
Other conservatives, like Dan Bongino, have been banned from buying ads on the site, to promote himself.
Here’s the original tweet that triggered his losing his verification “blue check.” The tweet has not been removed, however, and is still available on Twitter.
Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan.
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) June 7, 2018
After the “blue check” was removed, he took to Twitter again posted video from the sermon, claiming that black activists have often been accused of being antisemitic in an effort to silence them
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) June 11, 2018
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